General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements are designed to give all students who graduate from the University the opportunity to acquire a general knowledge of areas of study that have traditionally been regarded as basic to a university education. This general knowledge base requires study in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, fine arts, and the tools of language and thought. It complies with 1987 Texas legislation requiring each state-supported institution to establish a "core curriculum. . .in the liberal arts, humanities, and sciences, and political, social, and cultural history."

Within the General Education curriculum, every student must include at least one 3-hour multicultural course that focuses explicitly on the distinctive subcultures of the U.S. or on the culture of another society. Many courses fulfill both a General Education Requirement and at the same time satisfy the multicultural emphasis. Students should check with an advisor for appropriate courses.

Students should choose only those General Education Requirement courses that follow their degree plans.

The following courses have been approved for General Education Requirements:

A.Basic Skills

1. Written Communication (6 hours)

ENGL 1301, 1302

In addition to the 6 hours of composition and rhetoric, a writing-across-the-curriculum requirement includes 6 hours of writing-intensive courses in the major.

2. Oral Communication (3 hours)

COMS 2300, 3308

HDFS 2320

MGT 3373

PETR 3308

3. Mathematics and Logical Reasoning
(6 hours, at least 3 of which must be mathematics)

AAEC 3401

C S 1301, 1302

I E 3341

Mathematics courses, 1320 or above

MUTH 3303

PHIL 2310, 4310

PSY 3403

SOC 3391

B. Science and Technology

1. Natural (Laboratory) Science (8 hours)

ANTH 2300 & 1101

ASTR 1300 & 1100, 1301 & 1101

ATMO 1300 & 1100

BIOL 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404, 2313 & 2113

CHEM 1305 & 1105, 1306 & 1106, 1307 & 1107, 1308 & 1108

GEOG 1301 & 1101, 1302 & 1102

GEOL 1303 & 1101, 1304 & 1102

HONS 2305 & 2115, 2306 & 2116

PHYS 1303 & 1101, 1306 & 1103, 1307 & 1104, 1308 & 1105, 1406, 2301 & 1106

PSS 1411, 2330 & 2130, 2401, 3402

ZOOL 2403

2. Technology and Applied Science (3hours)

AGED 4302

AGSM 2302, 3303, 4302

ANSC 1301, 2303, 3402

ARCH 2351, 2352

ATMO 2301, 3301

C E 1130, 1205

CH E 1305

CHEM 1303, 3305

C S 1300, 1462, 3462

C&T 3301, 4331

CTEC 1312, 2301

EDIT 2318

E E 1305

F&N 2310

FD T 2300, 2302, 3301, 3303

GEOG 3353, 4401

GEOL 3323

G PH 2300

GTEC 1312, 2301

HONS 3302

I D 4383

I E 1305, 3351, 4363

ISQS 2340, 3344

MATH 3430

MBIO 4307

MUCP 3001

M E 1305, 3321

MTEC 1312

MUSI 3341, 3342

PETR 1305

PHIL 3330

PHYS 1305

POLS 4343

PSS 1321, 2231, 2311, 2312, 2321, 2432

RHIM 3303

RWFM 2301, 2302, 2305, 4314

TELE 3300, 3310

C. Understanding Societies and Cultures

1. Historical Consciousness (American History, 6 hours)

HIST 2300, 2301, 3310

Under state law all students who receive bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech University must complete 6 hours in American history. Students will normally fulfill this requirement by completing HIST 2300 and 2301. However, this requirement may be satisfied by juniors and seniors by completing any 6 hours from among the American history courses listed under the Department of History portion of the catalog. Also, 3 semester hours of Texas history may be substituted for 3 of the American history hours.

2. Political Science (U.S. and Texas, 6hours)

POLS 1301, 2302

Under state law, all students also must have received credit for 6 semester hours in political science, covering the federal and Texas constitutions. Students will normally fulfill this requirement by completing POLS 1301, which is a prerequisite for all other political science courses, and POLS 2302. If a student earns a grade of A or B in POLS 1301, he or she may substitute in place of POLS 2302 one of the upper-level courses marked with an asterisk in the course list under the Department of Political Science portion of the catalog. (Permission of the instructor may be required for such substitution.)

3. Individual or Group Behavior (3 hours)

AAEC 2305

ADV 4313

ANTH 1301, 2301, 2302, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3306, 3308, 3315, 3331, 3332, 3345, 3371, 4372

ARCH 1311, 3381

ART 3311, 4315

COMS 1302, 3300, 3303, 3305, 3306, 3310, 3312, 3313, 3316

ECO 2301, 2302, 2305

EDSE 2300

EPSY 3330

ESS 3307, 3308

F&N 4380

F S 2322, 3320, 3321, 3322, 3325, 3328, 3330, 3332

GEOG 2300, 2351, 3337, 3360

H D 2303, 3301

HDFS 3331

HLTH 1305, 1306, 2302, 3325

HONS 3303

I E 3301, 4361

JOUR 4330

PHIL 3321, 3323, 3331

POLS 3326, 3341, 3351, 3361, 3371, 4339

PSY 1300, 2301, 3300, 4300, 4325, 4330

RLS 1301

SOC 1301, 1320, 2331, all advanced Sociology courses except 3391 and 4391

S W 2301, 3311

W S 2300, 4300

D. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

ANTH 3323, 3325, 3346, 3351

ARCH 1312, 1441, 1442, all courses in architecture history

ART All art history courses except 3311, 3319, and 4315; ART 1372; all studio courses

CLAS 1320, 1330, 3320, 3330, 3350

C LT 3302, 3334, 4301

COMS 3311, 3318

DAN 1204, 3313

ENGL All English courses in literature or linguistics. Excluded are courses in technical writing.

HIST Any history courses not used to fulfill the General Education American History requirement.

HONS 3301, 3304

HUM 2301, 2302

JOUR 3350

LAAS 2300, 4300

LARC 3302, 3406, 3407

MUAP 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, 3001, 3002, 4001, 4002; 1123, 1124, 2123, 2124, 2133, 2134, 3205

MUCP 1201, 1202

MUEN All courses except 1103 and 3107

MUHL 1301, 1302, 1308, 2301 (Music majors), 2302 (Music majors), 2308, 2309, 3304, 3308

MUSI 2301

MUTH 1300, 1301, 1403, 1404

PHIL 2300, 2320, 3301, 3302, 3303, 3305, 3320, 3322, 3324, 4320, 4323, 4330, 4331, 4332, 4340, 4341

POLS 3330, 3331, 3332, 3333, 3334

TH A 2301, 2302, 2303, 2304, 2305, 3308, 3309, 4303

Any foreign language courses not used to satisfy other General Education Requirements may be used to satisfy the humanities requirement.


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